Congratulations to…

May 2017

Our dedicated volunteers! Learn more about them.


Pam and Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, for their recognition at the 2017 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in honour of being two of the three founders of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and for helping the Foundation reach its goals for over 35 years.


All of the 2017 Fellowship and Travel Awardees!


Everyone involved with The Neuro’s Be Line Wise program! The program continues to thrive, while the Neuro ICU celebrates three years without central a venous line infection! Read more about it!


Barbara E. Jones, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Sleep Society. This award is in recognition of a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of sleep research in Canada. Professor Jones received her award at the 8th Conference of the Canadian Sleep Society on April 29, 2017, where she presented, “Neural and Chemical Systems Mediating Sleep-wake States and their Homeostatic Regulation”.

Dr. Jones seeks to understand how the brain generates states of waking and sleep. She focuses on the neuroanatomical organization, chemical neurotransmitters and physiology of the specific neural circuits in the brainstem, hypothalamus and basal forebrain, which stimulate and maintain a waking state, as well as those which reciprocally arrest waking and promote sleep. To study these neural systems, her laboratory employs in vivo neurophysiological recording in naturally waking/sleeping rodents, combined with neuroanatomical and histochemical techniques. One major facet of her research program has been investigating the way in which cholinergic neurons in the brainstem and basal forebrain stimulate cortical activation with theta and gamma EEG activity during waking and paradoxical sleep. Her group has studied cholinergic along with other neuromodulatory systems, including noradrenergic, orexinergic and MCH neurons, and how they can modulate the functionally diverse glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons, which work in balance as the effector neurons for cortical activity and behavioral states. Most recently, her group has examined how these systems are regulated in a homeostatic manner to similarly regulate sleep and waking.

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